Student tango dancers Ben Collins and Ashley Fish performed for more than 350 guests.

At the 2011 Mines Century Society Dinner on September 30, the university honored some of its most generous donors. This year’s event was themed ‘Rio to the Rockies’ to highlight Mines’ many collaborative relationships in South America. Guests, who included members of the Century Society, President’s Council and Heritage Society, enjoyed food, music and dancing reflective of the region. Held in Lockridge Arena, the program included an Argentinian tango performance by members of Mines’ Student Ballroom Dance Club and the presentation of awards recognizing the outstanding philanthropic contributions of faculty and staff, young alumni and other members of the community. Franklin J. and H. Darlene Stermole were presented with the Tourmaline Award; two couples, James A. ’99 and Louise J. Plutt ’00 and Jack ’02 and Lindsey ’02 Sayers were given the Young Philanthropist Award; and Steven A. Sonnenberg ’81 received the Faculty and Staff Philanthropy Award. Additionally, President Scoggins paid special recognition to the new and rising members of the Century Society listed below.

New and rising Mines Century Society members
Individuals whose lifetime giving to the school exceeds $100,000 are honored as members of the Mines Century Society at Copper, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels.

Diamond Level: $5,000,000+
John P. and Erika H. Lockridge***

Platinum Level: $3,000,000-$4,999,999
F. Steven and Gayle Mooney**

Silver Level: $500,000-$999,999
Lawrence B. and Rose Curtis*
Warren L. and Ada B. Wright*

Copper Level: $100,000-$499,999
Haskell R. and Gwendolyn Collins
Scott A. Dickson
Hershal C. Jr. and Trudy Ferguson
Richard I. and Marie Kuehl
David W. Schlendorf
Ronald W. Scrivner
Robert H. Jr. and Judith A. Waterman

*Previously a Copper MCS member
**Previously a Silver MCS member
***Previously a Gold MCS member

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